SuperConference panel discusses the state of labor in the age of Obama

Waning membership makes unions fight to survive, the state of the NLRB is in flux

On Day One of SuperConference, the panel titled “The Election’s Impact on the National Labor Relations Board and Unions” discussed recent NLRB rulings, strategies for dealing with unions and the current in-flux state of the NLRB (which you can read more about in InsideCounsel’s upcoming June issue).

Charles Caulkins and Stephen Mitchell of Fisher & Phillips, a specialty law firm that represents employers in labor issues, led a talk on today’s changing employment environment. In 2012, 11.8 percent of the workforce belonged to a union, compared with 20.1 percent in 1983. This declining union membership combined with fewer traditional elections means that “there’s a real question of what the future is for labor unions,” Caulkins says.

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